Aim and content of the tutorial
This tutorial targets the involvement of a multi-disciplinary audience for a constructive discussion about the bioinspired/biomimetic approach in robotics. Despite the longevity of the approach, its definition still seems foggy. Often, the relationships between a natural system and its artificial counterpart are unclearly reported in the literature, with poor details about methodologies adopted for interpretation and translation. Due to the variety of models and functionalities, standardization of observation methods and representation strategies cannot be probably reached. However, a systematic methodology that considers a few benchmark positions can be implemented to define the goodness of representation. These include determining the proper natural model, level of observation, the target level of abstraction, generality and accuracy of representation, performance to match, and type of representation. First, defining the scenario of use, then selecting adequate materials, components, control strategies, and manufacturing approaches are the essential steps in the artificial model realization. This tutorial will go through these steps and foster a methodological translation of natural principles into artifacts, letting the audience learn by experience.
The tutorial will be organized over four key sessions to guide the passage from a theoretical basis to hands-on experience. The entire event will implement an interactive character to facilitate the involvement of participants and stimulate discussions.